Today I have been trying to sort out the computer that I will be using for my trip. I’m still not happy about only taking the iPad however I seem to have worked out how to do everything that I need to. I’ve bought a little dongle thing that plugs into the iPad that gives it a USB port. I still find it hard to believe that Apple made me spend £25 on a USB port when everything else gives you 3 of them for free. Apple are greedy bastards but my laptop is big so it looks like I’m going to have to limp on with my iPad and with it’s £25 USB port. This trip is either going to bring me and my iPad together as one or the iPad will end it’s life as it decelerates from 200mph to zero when it hits the wall after I’ve thrown it, we can but wait and see.
I also decided that it would be a good idea to take my video camera (Panasonic HDC-SD600). Obviously this meant purchasing a car charger and a new 64GB SDXC card. I’ve not really used the video camera much so hope it all works out to be okay. I’m now carrying so much electrical stuff that I could probably create my own lightning! So if you happen to stumble across a chap on a fully loaded Transalp glowing in the dark be nice to him or you may find a thunderbolt heading your way!
The one time I used the camera before was when I decided (alcohol) to do some dancing in my shed. I read all the instructions and it turned out that I first had to take the video, then I had to send it to my computer. Once on my computer I then had to convert it to another format, only then could I edit the video and export it as a normal video. Then I was able to upload it to YouTube and all was well. The process worked nicely however I just knew that some snotty nosed little primary school kid was probably able to do it in 20 seconds on a phone! So I checked the Internet for shortcuts to my monotonous process and found loads of messages by those aforementioned snotty nosed primary school kids asking for help. When help came is was basically telling them to do what I had done which, as you can imagine, they didn’t like. That made me feel much better.
So, as the process is ‘a little involved’ I wont be uploading any videos whilst on the move, however I will upload them all upon my return.
It’s now 8:10 AM on Sunday morning. This time next week I will be on the way to Newhaven. How exciting!!